With its strategic grantmaking efforts, the Foundation identifies a specific community need and proactively seeks out partners to address that need.
As a responsive grantmaker, the Foundation distributes grants in response to requests from community groups for programs and projects that fall within the Foundation’s mission.
In addition to grantmaking, the Foundation may run its own programs and projects, including the Crestmoor Neighborhood Memorial Scholarship.
The Foundation’s Program Strategy Framework, adopted by the Board of Directors and the San Bruno City Council in 2015, guides the Foundation’s activities. It provides the structure and outline of the Foundation’s charitable programs and serves as the guiding document for accomplishing the Foundation’s mission.
The Foundation Board of Directors has earmarked $15 million of the restitution funds as an endowment with a long-term investment strategy and plans to spend up to $54 million on strategic projects over the next seven to ten years.
The Foundation's program and endowment strategies reflect the public input received through the Foundation's 2015 Community Listening Campaign.
In 2021, the Foundation solicited community feedback on the Foundation’s programs thus far and input on current community needs and a vision for the Foundation going forward through Community Listening Campaign 2.0.
The San Bruno Community Foundation seeks to accomplish its mission through a "three-bucket" approach: